Friday, January 11, 2008
Rompson vs. McHuck
After New Hampshire's primary, where Sen. John McCain won by 4-5 points, mainly by independent votes, the leading delegate holder is still Mitt Romney who has placed second twice and first once, or two silvers and a gold, as Mitt terms it.
Now it is on to Michigan where Mitt Romney must sell his turnaround credentials. Mitt needs to pound the theme that matters most wherever he is, as McCain did in N.H. with the war issue, and Huckabee's religious pander in Iowa.
Mitt's business acumen is taylor made for Michigan, where folks appreciate hard work and a can-do attitude.
Romney told supporters that he can win Michigan, where his father was a top auto executive before serving as Michigan's governor from 1962-66.
"The best strategic decision as far as paid messaging efforts, given the current state of the race, is to focus message efforts on Michigan," said Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. "We have run enough [ads] in South Carolina and Florida up to this point, and the dynamic of this race has shifted, for now, to Michigan."
To a smaller crowd at Oakland County International Airport, McCain said he was making no secret of the fact he supported higher auto fuel-mileage standards, opposed by many Michigan voters.
"Michigan is the place with the technology, and Oakland County, with Automation Alley, is the place to do the technology to make us energy independent," he said. "We're going to have to invest the money to have the kind of technology to meet those standards."
Mitt Romney is an executive who favors the union worker, as did his father. But Mitt's is a better manager of information, being a data cruncher first, then making decisive moves for progress. Having lived in Michigan most of his life, where his father ran a car company, Mitt is well known in the state, where he should do well. He needs another win at this point, but even if he doesn't get it, the race is by no means over for him.
However, should Mitt place in MI, he will be dented, and they don't do great body work down there in the south, where Mitt has pulled his advertising to concentrate on Michigan. John McCain is hedging his bet on Florida, pouring everything he has there.
It is likely that McCain and Huckabee will be at each others throats in the south, along with Fred Thompson, who may also do well there as he did the South Carolina debate.
McHuck vs. Rompson at S.C. debate
If these pictures from the South Carolina debate on Thursday are any indication of a pairing, it looks like the big guys vs. the small guys. Also notice the ties they're wearing. The Romson team is wearing blue and white stripes while McHuck is wearing red with white dots.
Even though they all call themsevles Republicans, there are some major difference between these two pairings on the issues, with McHuck failing conservatives.
There is no doubt that the pairing is between more socialist, big government, higher taxes, amnesty for illegals, (false) global warming, with McHuck.
McCain voted against the tax cuts twice, but now flip-flopped.
“I believe the fundamentals of this economy are strong and I believe they will remain strong. This is a rough patch, but I think America’s greatness lies ahead of us,” the Arizona senator said, adding that he would make permanent President Bush’s tax cuts, which he voted against in 2001 and 2003.
While true conservatives for tax cuts, border enforcement, supply-side economic growth, free markets, match-up with Rompson.
Stopping the housing crisis, cutting taxes for the middle class, becoming energy independent and investing in research and development are the methods Romney said he would use to stop the country from sliding into a recession.
“Recessions hurt working families and people across the countries,” Romney said. “It’s time for us not just to talk about improving the economy, we have to do the hard work of rebuilding our economy and strengthening it.”
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